Crime

Man shot to death at his own birthday party, Fresno police say

A 22-year-old man was shot to death Sunday morning at his own birthday party, according to Fresno police.

The victim, identified as Nicholas Polin, died after being shot during a gathering at 2322 E. Pico Ave., Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at a news conference Sunday.

More than 30 people were gathered at the party when five gang members showed up uninvited and began yelling, Dyer said. It appeared all five were juveniles.

Polin told the group to leave, but they returned about 10 minutes later and confronted him. A 16-year-old from the group allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot a round into the ceiling, Dyer said.

Polin tried wrestling the gun from the teen, but the teen pulled away and shot him several times, according to police.

Other party-goers attacked the shooter and injured his head. He showed up to Saint Agnes Medical Center a short time later, where he was treated and arrested.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Sgt. Chris Serrano at 559-621-2440.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo
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